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Saturday, November 25, 2006

The Kick-ass Biomass Enviro Show

Our honeymoon's over with the Dems. It’s time we heard some real-world solutions to the climate crisis and on reversing the damage done by the Repugnicians. We have some amazing Indie rock on tap from Vol. 1, "Rock Against Bush". Jana Chicoine from Concerned Citizens of Russell joins us to talk about the proposed biomass plant in their community. And we’ll take a brief look at the slow train wreck from the climate talks in Kenya such as false solutions to global warming, but first... It’s time for Revenge of the Critters! Elephant sick & tired of drunk tourists.

The indie rock tune "We need more time" reminds us to check our schedule and stop this global train wreck! First move: throw the rightwingers from the train!! We watch as the the Kenya agenda goes south. Our guy, Orin from the Global Justice Ecology Project lets go on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Also, Romney whacks Mass. Budget with a neocon eye toward the White House. We also need more time to implement SMART sustainable energy programs like Brightfield or, get this, windmills at Vail! Ha! Those won’t get burned to the ground!

There’s the theme. Glen, what's the countdown? Darth Cheney's foolish youth sets the pattern for future waste. The arch-enemy of the Earth revealed. The "Biomass Blues", by Joe Mal takes us to our interview with Jana Chicoine.

Then it's time for our Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday November 29 PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART. 7-9pm, Porter Lounge (3rd Floor) or another room, Converse Hall, Amherst College, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst. Fighting the Wal-Mart in Hadley and maybe in Greenfield, working on Wake-Up Wal-Mart campaigns, giving mutual aid to the coalition members fighting Wal-Mart in many ways. Info:

Thurs, Nov 30, 5:30- 7:00 pm Tri-state CAN meeting
Room 121, Greenfield Community College Downtown Office, 270 Main St, Greenfield, MA Learn what CAN is up to and how you might get involved. We have ongoing efforts to shutdown Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor (just over the border in Vernon, VT). call 413-339-5871 for more info

Fri, Dec 1, 5:30-8 pm Anti-nuke caroling! Downtown Brattleboro, VT
Come Sing in Joyous Protest These wonderful, funny, serious anti-nuke lyrics to traditional christmas carols!! email

Sat, Dec 2, Noon VT Yankee Die-in. Brattleboro, VT
Aside from giving us a false sense of security, sirens located throughout the Brattleboro area are primarily to warn people that a serious accident has occurred at Vt. Yankee. The sirens are always tested on the first Saturday of each month at 12 Noon. At random locations within earshot of the siren testing at noon in Brattleboro, each person agrees to participate in a die-in protest whenever possible by freezing in place, standing silent or falling down "dead". For the full 3-5 minute test, people commit each month to stop their activities and reflect on what it would mean if this were not a test but the real thing.
A group will be meeting at 11 am at the Harmony parking lot to walk through downtown and distribute literature and talk with people about what is going to be happening.
Contact Daniel Sicken 802-387-2798 or email

Sun, Dec 3, 6:30 pm Free Film showing of "Inconvenient Truth" by Al Gore. Sunderland Public Library, Sunderland, MA

December 6th at 10:30 am in Room B2 at the State House. Massachusetts Legislature Parks Caucus. It is critically important that we show strength in numbers and support for our parks. RSVP

Thursday, December 7, 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Starhawk:
"Holding the Vision of Global Justice: Keeping our Spirit and
Courage Alive". $12 admission/$6 student/low-income. Helen Hills Chapel, Smith College,Northampton. Contact:

That's it. Not sure if we kicked ass, but tomorrow's another day. Let us know what you think of the show by posting a comment on the blog. Got any suggestions or complaints? Talk to our Complaint Department down in the dungeon.

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Climate of Challenge Enviro Show

YES! Mother Earth gets a break from the Repugnicans! (at least for the present). We watched with a certain sense of joy as arch-enemy of the Earth, Congressman Richard Pombo was tossed into the composter. Marni Wasserman and Ashley Maroney of Umass MassPirg joined us to talk about the Campus Climate Challenge. And we didn't do a review of the International Days of Action Against Climate Change (opps!), but first (as always) it was time for.....Revenge of the Critters! Dog bites drunken rapist!!

"Think you gotta be shut down", by The Soviettes (no, not THOSE Soviets) reminded us that last Tuesday was time for some Fall House-cleaning and while we were at it we cleaned out the Senate as well! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha..! Arch-enemy of the Earth, Congressman Richard Pombo, FORMER chair of the House Resources Committee was tossed into the electoral shredder on the Other Coast by a mere novice. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with Senator James Inholfe until ’08, but he's out of a job as the chair of the Senate Committee on the Environment (did we just hear the planet sigh?). Did we fail to mention that tree-hugging Barbara Boxer is taking his place? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha...! Meanwhile, here in the real world, we had events across the globe for the International Days of Action Against Climate Change. We just forgot to cover them in our crazed excitement over the elections. We did manage to remember to read an excerpt from a piece on the recent occupation of NOAA headquarters. Also, checkout Joe Public Film's Out of Balance in case you’ve forgotten how evil Exxon/Mobil is. And, checkout their fake news STILL trying to debunk the climate crisis. You can do something about it on-line or, better yet, in the real world (use your imagination!).

There’s that theme again! Glen gave us the countdown for the boy-emperor's much longed for exit and we took a body count of all those neo-cons being thrown under the bus by their own travelers? Plus, we heard about an investigation into the Bush regime's political appointees' having, oh maybe just prevented climate researchers at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from conveying their findings to the public (you know: the public who pays their SALARIES!!) Meanwhile, here in the Commonwealth Gov. Mitt, in his infinate wisdom, has slashed $425 mil in state spending on such needless items as, O say ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGS! See all the damage here.

"What if you knew" by Dave Rovics took us to our interview with Marni Wasserman and Ashley Maroney of Umass MassPirg. Sadly, we never got to some good news from poor old Brocton out on the eastern end of the Commonwealth.

Finally, it was time to checkout the Bus Stop Billboard (the bus was late 'cuz of all those ...err..bumps in the road?):

Wednesday November 29, 7-9pm PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART, Porter Lounge (3rd Floor) or another room, Converse Hall, Amherst College, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst. Fighting the Wal-Mart in Hadley and maybe in Greenfield, working on Wake-Up Wal-Mart campaigns, giving mutual aid to the coalition members fighting Wal-Mart in many ways. Info:

Tuesday November 14, 7pm. BARRY LOPEZ at Gamble Auditorium, Art Building, Mt Holyoke College, Rt 116, S. Hadley. Mount Holyoke College's Center for the Environment, in collaboration with the Odyssey Bookshop, hosts award-winning essayist and short-story writer Barry Lopez for a speaking engagement and book signing of “Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape”. Lopez writes often about the relationship between human culture and the physical landscape. Info: Odyssey Bookshop, 534-7307 or 800-540-7307;;

Wednesday November 15, 5:30pm. SOUP & SEEDS: RESHAPING OUR ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIPS TO LAND & FOOD. Lyman Hall, First Churches, 129 Main St, Northampton. Presentations from local activist Juanita Nelson & biodynamic CSA farmer Jean Paul Courtens. Hot soup & bread. Info: Equity Trust, 863-9038,,

Friday November 17, 7pm “SWEET MISERY: A POISONED WORLD” Film screening at the NACUL Center, 592 Main St at North Whitney St, Amherst, a half mile east from Amherst center; accessible by bus. Donations gratefully accepted. About the chemical sweetener aspartame that can have multiple neurotoxic, metabolic, allergenic, fetal, and carcinogenic effects and is known to erode intelligence and affect short-term memory. Yet this product remains on grocery shelves remains a multi-million dollar business. Discussion follows. Wide-Angle Films.

Sunday, Nov 19 Tom Neilson & Glen Johnson perform at 10 Harrison Ave., 2nd floor, Greenfield. 5pm potluck, 6:30 concert. RSVP (413)522-5409

Friday November 24, 11am-1pm. BLACK FRIDAY VISIBILITY at Holyoke Crossing - along the main road to the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside in Holyoke. The day after Thanksgiving is "Buy Nothing Day"( and is also called "Black Friday" because, it’s the day retail businesses supposedly go into the black. The Waronoke Peace Action group invites all like-minded groups and individuals to remind the throngs of holiday shoppers that a needless war and military occupation in Iraq again mar this season of "peace on earth" for another year: “Promote Peace, No War Toys”. [and we here at The Enviro Show remind you that over-consumption SUCKS!] Bring your own sign or share WPA’s. Info:,

Thursdays November 30, 5:30-7:30pm TRI STATE CITIZENS AWARENESS NETWORK (CAN) MEETING, Room 121, Greenfield Community College Downtown Office, 270 Main St, Greenfield. Join our neighbors working to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor. Broad public involvement is essential.

All done. Now you tell us, was this past week amazing or what?